Creative | Posted by Dawn Okoro on 11/12/2010
Feminism | Posted by Eli A on 12/2/2009
Utena, Feminism, and the Vision of All Possible Worlds
Revolutionary Girl Utena follows the life of a teenage girl, who, rescued by a prince in childhood, resolves to become a prince as an adult. The series combines a fantastic setting with realistic characters. If I sing its praises to the skies, it’s because the manga, anime and movie are excellent ways to introduce philosophical ideas to thirteen- and fourteen-year-olds, like I was when I first found it.
I can still remember picking up “Revolutionary Girl Utena” in the bookstore. It was like a bomb going off. Here was a comic book, ostensibly light reading, with a feminist, artistic and philosophical message. At the time, I didn’t think of it like that, it just seemed cool, and somehow different from all that Britney Spears bubblegum shlock. And it was.